Magazine article Variety

REMEMBERED: Les Blank

Magazine article Variety

REMEMBERED: Les Blank

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Helmer was known for Burden of Dreams; Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers

Documentary filmmaker Les Blank, known for his personal docus such as Burden of Dreams and Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers, died April 7 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 77, and had been suffering from bladder cancer.

The prolific helmer profiled music personalities and delved into dozens of American and immigrant traditions, including music and food. But his best-known film was 1982's Burden of Dreams, which chronicled the making of Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, candidly showing the German helmer's obsessive quest to shoot the film in the South American jungle. …

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